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Within East Asian Buddhism, the vision expressed in this work was the foundation for the creation of the Huayan school , which was characterized by a philosophy of interpenetration. This sutra is also influential in Chan Buddhism. To my mind, no religious literature in the world can ever approach the grandeur of conception, the depth of feeling, and the gigantic scale of composition, as attained by the sutra. Here not only deeply speculative minds find satisfaction, but humble spirits and heavily oppressed hearts, too, will have their burdens lightened. Abstract truths are so concretely, so symbolically represented here that one will finally come to a realization of the truth that even in a particle of dust the whole universe is seen reflected-not this visible universe only, but a vast system of universes, conceivable by the highest minds only.

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Avatamsaka Sutra means something in Buddhism , Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article. In the Avatamsaka Sutra, the cosmos is described as a lotus flower with many petals, each of which is also a full lotus, the petals of which are also a full lotus, and so on. Whenever we see one thing in the Avatamsaka realm, we always find everything in the cosmos in it.

The notions of small and large do not exist here. When we stand facing the ocean, we may feel small and insignificant compared with the ocean. When we contemplate a sky filled with stars, we may have the impression we are nothing at all. But the thought that the cosmos is big and we are small is just an idea. It belongs to our mind and not to reality. When we look deeply at a flower, we can see the whole cosmos contained in it.

One petal is the whole of the flower and the whole of the universe. In one speck of dust are many Buddha lands. When we practice that kind of meditation, our ideas about small, large, one and many, will vanish.

One of the most important sutra in Buddhism, particularly Mahayana Buddhism. There are many volumes in the Sutra. It describes the entire Buddha Realm which is, of course, not easy to visualize. See also Avatamsaka Sutra. The vision expressed in this work was the foundation for the creation of the Huayan school of Chinese Buddhism, which was characterized by a philosophy of interpenetration.

Huayan is known as Kegon in Japan. The sutra, among the longest in the Buddhist canon, contains 40 chapters on disparate topics, although there are overarching themes:. Two of the chapters serve as sutras in their own right, and have been cited in the writings of many Buddhists in East Asia. The ten stages are also depicted in the Lankavatara Sutra and the Shurangama Sutra. The sutra also touches on the subject of the development of the "aspiration for Enlightenment" Bodhicitta to attain supreme Buddhahood.

Partial matches: Sutra , Avatamsaka. You can also click to the full overview containing English textual excerpts. Below are direct links for the most relevant articles:. Guide to Tipitaka by U Ko Lay. Footer 3. The Great Chariot by Longchenpa. Part 2c. The gradation of powers of those who meditate into high, middle, and low]. The view that realizes suchness]. Bodhisattvacharyavatara by Andreas Kretschmar. Khenpo Kunpal's Commentary english. Buddhacarita by Charles Willemen. Click here for all 9 books.

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Avatamsaka Sutra means something in Buddhism , Pali. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article. In the Avatamsaka Sutra, the cosmos is described as a lotus flower with many petals, each of which is also a full lotus, the petals of which are also a full lotus, and so on. Whenever we see one thing in the Avatamsaka realm, we always find everything in the cosmos in it. The notions of small and large do not exist here. When we stand facing the ocean, we may feel small and insignificant compared with the ocean.

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It has been called by the translator Thomas Cleary "the most grandiose, the most comprehensive, and the most beautifully arrayed of the Buddhist scriptures. This sutra was especially influential in East Asian Buddhism. The sutra is also influential in Chan Buddhism. This work has been used in a variety of countries.

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